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Howard Chaykin covers collector’s edition of Star Wars Insider

Star Wars Insider #122

Star Wars Insider, the official Star Wars magazine, is marking the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back — lord, I feel old — with a limited-edition collector’s cover and pull-out poster by legendary artist Howard Chaykin.

Chaykin, of course, created the Star Wars promotional poster sold in 1976 at San Diego Comic-Con, and penciled the first 10 issues of Marvel’s Star Wars series.

Stars Wars Insider #122, which goes on sale on Dec. 14, delves into the making of the original Star Wars comic by Chaykin and writer Roy Thomas, and includes a never-before-published transcript of a meeting between George Lucas and Chaykin regarding the adaptation.

The limited-edition cover is available only through comic stores; the poster comes free with the regular newsstand edition.

You can see the poster, and read the press release, after the break.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back poster, by Howard Chaykin

STAR WARS INSIDER ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE HOWARD CHAYKIN COVER AND POSTER!

To mark the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, Titan’s December edition of Star Wars Insider magazine includes an exclusive limited edition collector’s cover and large size pull-out poster drawn by original Star Wars comic book artist, Howard Chaykin!

Chaykin, who drew the first limited-edition Star Wars poster in 1976, has now created a special Empire Strikes Back image exclusively for Star Wars Insider, the official magazine of the Star Wars saga. This limited edition collector’s cover of Insider is only available through comic stores and the large size pull-out poster comes free with the regular Insider newsstand edition.

This issue of Insider explores the making of the original Star Wars comic book by Chaykin and writer Roy Thomas and includes a never before published transcript of a meeting between George Lucas and Chaykin regarding the adaptation of Star Wars for a Marvel comic series.

Chaykin on the Star Wars characters:
“I feel that kid who plays Luke is a little soft in the face so I’m going to harden him up a little bit. He’s got a great cleft and that’s fine, but he looks like he’s 16. It’ll make him more heroic in the picture. Han Solo is perfect. He looks like I drew him. He looks my cliché mercenary hero. He looks like [classic comic book hero] Cody Starbuck. Chewbacca will be no problem. Same thing is true of Darth Vader…. He looks like a comic book character—Doctor Doom.“

The magazine also features interviews with the team behind The Clone Wars series, remarks from the Mark Hamill panel at Star Wars Celebration V and an Endor location guide. Plus, there’s much more must-have material for all Star Wars fans.

Retailers can order this special Star Wars Insider with exclusive Howard Chaykin cover and large size pull-out poster from October’s Diamond Previews. See Star Wars Insider “Featured Item” listing within the Books & Magazines section in Previews for more information.

Star Wars Insider #122
On-sale December 14, 2010

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